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Higgins, Lee – Theory Into Practice, 2012
In this article, I explore the claim that one-to-one encounters between community music facilitators and music participants can be described as friendships. By exploring the relational structure through the call and the welcome, I make some general comments on friendship before finally tackling the question lying at the heart of this article: How…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music, Friendship, Facilitators (Individuals)
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Luke, Allan – Theory Into Practice, 2012
The term "critical literacy" refers to use of the technologies of print and other media of communication to analyze, critique, and transform the norms, rule systems, and practices governing the social fields of everyday life (A. Luke, 2004). Since Freire's (1970) educational projects in Brazil, approaches to critical literacy have been…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Literacy, Critical Theory, Critical Reading
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Given, Heidi; Kuh, Lisa; LeeKeenan, Debbie; Mardell, Ben; Redditt, Susan; Twombly, Susan – Theory Into Practice, 2010
This article considers how documentation as a professional development tool acts as a change agent for teachers and how collective engagement in the documentation process mediates the inherent tensions of working and learning in a group. Three groups of educators, at three distinct schools, used Reggio Emilia-inspired documentation as the…
Descriptors: School Culture, Change Agents, Educational Change, Reggio Emilia Approach
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Mader, Cynthia E. – Theory Into Practice, 2009
Person-centered instruction recognizes the importance of internal motivation in learning. It is difficult, however, for many teachers to hold on to their early visions of interacting in classrooms filled with internally motivated students. This may be due to escalating demands for test score accountability. It may be due to reliance on packaged…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Rewards, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research
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Walker, Joan M. T. – Theory Into Practice, 2009
Despite broad recognition that teaching excellence requires meeting students' intellectual and social needs, teachers struggle to manage--and learning theory struggles to explain--the interplay between the academic and social dimensions of classroom life. Drawing from research on parenting and child development, the author offers parenting style…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Learning Theories, Parenting Styles, Teacher Influence
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Schussler, Deborah L. – Theory Into Practice, 2009
This article explores how teachers manage classrooms to facilitate the intellectual engagement of disengaged students. The author proposes that teachers create an environment conducive to intellectual engagement when students perceive: (a) that there are opportunities for them to succeed, (b) that flexible avenues exist through which learning can…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learner Engagement, Classroom Environment, Classroom Research
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Freiberg, H. Jerome; Lamb, Stacey M. – Theory Into Practice, 2009
Public opinion trends over the last five decades show that lack of discipline continues to be one of America's top public educational concerns. This trend suggests that alternatives to the traditional model are urgently needed. In this traditional model of classroom management, based on behaviorism and still common in some areas, discipline is…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Classroom Environment, Student Centered Curriculum
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Doyle, Walter – Theory Into Practice, 2009
This article provides a situated perspective on the person-centered classroom management practices described in this issue, in order to highlight the special contribution these practices make to sustaining meaningful student engagement in classroom activity. Building on Paul Gump's efforts to conceptualize the classroom environment, the discussion…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Classroom Environment, Educational Practices, Learner Engagement